Desert Sun: Riverside County job-seekers may receive up to $800 in jobless benefits

, Palm Springs Desert Sun

Published: 4:22 p.m. PT April 28, 2020

Riverside County announced on Tuesday that residents who had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic may receive up to $800 in job loss benefits thanks to a $252,000 state grant.

The funding, received by the county’s Workforce Development Division, will provide support for people seeking work who are enrolled in the agency’s workforce assistance programs. According to the county, the funding can be used for:

• Housing assistance

• Utility assistance

• Telework equipment and internet access

• Childcare assistance

• Transportation assistance

Job seekers in the program will also receive assistance ranging from career coaching to paid training and job placement. Those who suffered a permanent job loss due to the economic impact of the pandemic will be prioritized for assistance, the county said.

“I am glad we have this additional resource from the state of California to assist job-seekers in Riverside County,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “This will support many people through the transition to new employment opportunities.”